Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Diplomatic duels: what now for the Trump-Kim summit?

Diplomatic duels: what now for the Trump-Kim summit?

"We continue to prepare for a meeting between the President [Donald Trump] and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un".

Trump surprised the South Koreans in March by hastily agreeing to meet Kim in a summit, the first such meeting between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader.

In a meeting with senior secretaries, Mr. Moon announced that more unplanned discussions would occur between North and South Korea.

Last week President Donald Trump abruptly pulled out of a meeting with Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12, citing "tremendous anger and hostility" on the North Korean side.

Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday.

The State Department says a team of USA officials also met with North Koreans in Panmunjom on Sunday.

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Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday on the news, although trading was thin.

Lord Hague has since criticised the potential US-North Korean summit, and pointed to three possible outcomes of the negotiations, in which the North Korean leader could enjoy a "win, win, win strategy". That often takes months if not years of work and planning. But analysts on Sunday expressed increasing confidence that it will take place.

The apparent progress in the on-again-off-again talks followed a tense and turbulent few days of diplomatic brinkmanship.

When Kim Chang-son was asked by a reporter at Beijing airport if he was flying to Singapore for talks with the U.S., he said he was "going there to play", according to footage from Nippon Television Network. Three thousand miles away in Singapore, a team of U.S. logistics officials arrived late Monday and was expecting the arrival of a corresponding team from Pyongyang.

Even so, Trump has clashed with both China and South Korea over the best approach to dealing with Kim, as well as on issues like trade. Some critics mocked the letter's tone, but it may have achieved the desired result. "But I don't think we're going to have a parade of missiles or weapons going through some destruction site that we can put on camera".

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"What Kim is unclear about is that he has concerns about whether his country can surely trust the United States over its promise to end hostile relations (with North Korea) and provide a security guarantee if they do denuclearization", Moon said, reports the Associated Press.

"We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th, and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date", the President later added on Twitter.

With its bellicose response, North Korea exposed the fact that it has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang has a different view of denuclearization and remains deeply anxious that abandoning its deterrent would leave the country - and its leader - vulnerable, especially while the United States maintains a robust military presence in South Korea.

"The president was always clear that he was prepared to walk away from this meeting, and he has kept his word", the official said. They also agree that he has delusional self-confidence in his negotiating skills and powers of persuasion.

CNN's Brooke Baldwin began by asking Ford why Trump got "outplayed" by North Korea.

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